Neighborhood Watch

Jimmy’s No. 43 Serving Brunch Starting Sunday; Joe Bastianich and Tom Colicchio Rock Out for Hill Country’s Industry Night

East Village: Jimmy’s No. 43 is launching brunch this Sunday! And get a load of some of the menu items: “black and tan” griddle cakes, with ale batter, bananas, salted stout-caramel sauce, curry-spiced pretzels, cocoa, and powdered sugar; ham-and-egg biscuit with coffee-porter red-eye gravy; and a breakfast beer, if you like. We wish it were the weekend already. [Zagat Buzz]
Ten dollars doesn’t usually get you far in this city, but the Astor Center is looking to change that with their Wine Bar Wednesdays. For one Alexander Hamilton, you’ll get to taste a few wines and nosh on some snacks; the evenings boast delicious-sounding themes such as “Reds for Fall” and “Italian Favorites.” Get your tickets in advance at their website. [Grub Street]
Bid summer a proper adieu with a last glass of Riesling at Hearth tomorrow night. They’re serving up a four-course dinner, each plate paired with a top Riesling selected by the team at Terroir. The meal will be accompanied by a talk from wine expert Peter Sichel. The event is $95 per person; call 646-602-1300 for more information. [Grub Street]
Next Thursday, JoeDoe is celebrating Rosh Hashanah with whimsical cocktails and traditional holiday fare. Although it is not kosher, the menu of housemade challah, leek latkes, braised brisket, and honey cake is free of dairy, pork, and shellfish. Dinner is $50 per person, cocktails not included. [Grub Street]

Flatiron: Joe Bastianich and Tom Colicchio jamming while you munch on Texas-style barbecue: If this sounds like your dream evening, be sure to get a reservation for Hill Country Barbecue Market’s first Restaurant Industry Night this Monday at 7 p.m. The restaurant will be donating 20 percent of the sales of food and drink from the evening to C-CAP’s culinary scholarship program, and they’re asking for a suggested donation of $20 per person. E-mail to reserve a table (or get a ticket at the door). [Grub Street]
La Mar Cebicheria just opened last night, but chef Gaston Acurio is already making the celeb-chef rounds. He’ll be cooking for a small dinner party at the New York Wine and Food Festival on September 29; the menu includes ceviche, huancaina, and lamb shoulder. Get tickets through Gilt. [Grub Street]
Gramercy: Take a tour of Italy without leaving the city: This Monday, I Trulli is partnering with Vino Wine & Spirits to conduct a wine tasting of nearly 100 different Italian wines. The $35 ticket also gets you 10 percent off a meal at I Trulli and any wine purchase at Vino. Call 212-481-7372 or e-mail to secure a spot. [Grub Street]
Lower East Side: Artists! Local ingredients! Free lunch! All good things coming together in the form of a pop-up restaurant called Time/Food, open in the Abrons Arts Center Thursdays through Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting September 24 and going through mid-October. The menu, curated from recipes by different artists who like to cook (including Mariana Silva and Carlos Motta), will change frequently; you get lunch in exchange for “time credits,” which you earn by helping others in the Time/Bank community. For more information about the pop-up and Time/Bank, visit their website. [Grub Street]
Midtown West: Earthquakes, hurricanes, plummeting NASA satellites, oh my … Take shelter from all the perils of being outside by heading to the Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel, where you can drink away your end-of-the-world woes safely underground. Try the gin-based “Duck and Cover” or the raspberry “Lonely Satellite,” a few of the Cold War–themed drinks they’ll be mixing up through the end of September. [Grub Street]
West Village: On October 5, Australian chef David Thompson is taking over the kitchen at Betel to prepare a three-course, Southeast Asian–inspired dinner with wine pairings. Tickets are $150; call 212-352-0460 or e-mail for more information. [Grub Street]

Jimmy’s No. 43 Serving Brunch Starting Sunday; Joe Bastianich and Tom